- Cowlitz Tribe Reports Vancouver Oil Terminal Denied By Governor Inslee
- Recap: Tuesday’s VisionToledo Arts, Rec & Events Meeting
- Toledo School District Seeking Bids To Replace TES Boiler
- Today: Gallery 505 Artists Co-op First Look/Open House
- Friday: Presbyterian Church Hosts Red Cross Blood Drive
- Health Corner: On Suicide
From the Cowlitz Indian Tribe:
Tuesday’s vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events meeting, in brief:
Toledo Community Library invites the community to drop by between 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. February 6 (Tuesday) to thank long-time library volunteer Pam McEachern at a send-off party.
Love books? The Library hosts their noteworthy Book & Bake Sale mid-week this time - 10 AM - 7 PM February 14.
Reminder: Norene Weedam invites you to this year’s Seed Exchange March 17. Share yours and take some home.
Toledo Historical Society reminds members annual dues are payable, and January newsletter has been mailed. Copies at Library.
High School memorial plaque is being updated.
Facebook page is gaining “Likes.”
Toledo Senior Center reports $700 must be raised monthly; Second Saturday Breakfast each month still only $5, so bring the family 7 - 10 AM February 10.
April 8 Toledo Seniors host their locally famous 5th Annual Tea Party fundraiser. Ladies: dresses & hats. Gentlemen: suit & bow tie. Tickets on sale now.
Common Ground Toledo reported The Honor Garden expansion resumes in Spring.
Shrubs & plants will be placed soon at Kemp Olson Park, announced on Facebook.
CGT member Linda Bird-Sonne tidied up downtown planters; working on CGT video presentation for March BIG Community Meeting.
Next CGT meeting 6:30 PM February 7 @ Camp Singing Wind.
TES Kids Garden says: Sponsorships & donations bought materials for 6 benches for visitors; Mr Ball’s woodshop class will build them.
Volunteers sought to install pavers; need load of sand. Heavy lifting involved.
Sponsorship renewal forms sent, new sponsorship forms available. New sponsors sought.
2018 Goal: Greenhouse.
Jake Morgan will create logo for Kid’s Garden for T-shirts, stickers, etc.
Steamboat Alley: Jamie Cummings received quote for front gate at Steamboat Alley
Peter Sonne placed erosion control gutters along pavers.
Joh Jones working on interpretive signage for Steamboat Alley; also, signs for water tank mural.
Welcome Bags: Sheila Richardson reports bags are delivered to new residents in customized “Welcome To Toledo Washington” tote with various giveaways, informational materials, & over $50 in coupons; 32 businesses & organizations participated in the promo.
Toledo Thursday Market: Jamie Cummings announced organizational meeting for 2018 6:30 PM February 13 @ Camp Singing Wind. All interested community members welcome.
Cheesecake Club: Jamie Cummings said 6:30 PM February 21 will be next monthly meeting @ Camp Singing Wind; topic - How To Make Asian-Style Cheesecake.
Tourism Board: Discover Lewis County currently mentions only Cheese Days on their calendar; updated local events calendar needs to be sent.
Next Toledo Tourism Meeting slated for 6:30 PM February 22 @ Camp Singing Wind.
BIG Community Meeting: Mike Morgan reported Toledo Middle School reserved for 8th Annual BIG Community Meeting; compiling businesses & organizations to speak on activities & events planned for 2018.
Connected Identity: Sheila Richardson said the Connected Identity group met last week, plans regular monthly meetings and goals to promote tourism, including completion of Toledo Washington website. (Website) content development underway now, quality photos of Toledo & events sought.
Group agreed encouraging local AirBNB establishment would promote tourism; a free how-to workshop was proposed. Agritourism, local events & nearby attractions such as Mt St Helens would make Toledo a viable overnight option.
Promoting Kemp Olson Park for camping was also proposed.
Next meeting 6;30 PM February 22 @ Camp Singing Wind.
Toledo Investment Group: Joh Jones reported TIG will hold an organizational meeting 6;30 PM February 20 @ Camp Singing Wind. All interested parties invited.
Next vision:Toledo Arts, Rec & Events meeting 6:30 PM February 27 @ Morgan Arts Center.
If you're interested, please contact Brian White at Hultz/BHU for bid documents and plans.
Toledo Community Library Adult Page Turners selection for February:
Available in print, audio CD & MP3 0r Overdrive Listen audio download.
Meets 1:30 p.m. last Wednesday monthly.
Thanks to Charlie for update.
Today: Gallery 505 February Exhibit - Affairs of the Heart. First Look 1 - 8 PM. Rub elbows with local artists, crafters and makers, and bring home an original work for Valentines Day, birthday, anniversary or other special occasion - one that will be treasured long after the cake is but a memory.
Gallery 505 is located at 205 Cowlitz Street in downtown Toledo, Washington, 98591.
Open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. through February 24.
Support local business.
Final Chance: ARTrails Application deadline today.
Groundhog Day: Toledo Presbyterian Church plans to host a Red Cross Blood Drive every two months, as long as folks support this community event by rolling up their sleeves.
Next date: Friday 12:30-5:30 p.m. February 2, 2018 - Groundhog Day.
Contact Kathy Hill, (360)219-7756.
Health Corner: On Suicide
Nothing is as heart-wrenching as a teen suicide, triggering the spectrum of emotions and self-recrimination amplified by a youthful life extinguished. This letter from Principal Sean Boulton, Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, CA, portrays the pressure to succeed in academia.
Note: NHHS team name is Sailors.
All Sailors ache for the family and friends of the student who died at Corona del Mar High School, and there have been a number of supportive emails from our community. Yet there remains valid, heartfelt concern for this tragic incident, specifically from notes that the deceased student left, notes which made mention of the pressures of school and growing up in Newport-Mesa. A lot to ponder, and many conversations and changes ahead but how did we get here?
Our teachers and District have simply created and maintained a system that our community/country has demanded from us over the past 20 years since college admissions mania went into hyper drive, since vocational training programs were dismantled, and since earning “A’s” in AP classes became the norm.
Our teachers feel the pressure, administration and counseling feel the pressure, and now parents/students are really feeling the pressures. When we grew up nobody asked us what our GPA was, and it was “cool” to work on the roof of a house. This competitive culture has significantly impacted our young adults. We endlessly discuss test scores, National Merit Scholarships, reading scores, AP scholars, comparisons to other school Districts and this is when we start losing our collective souls--and our children.
We often shield our students from failure. We think that earning a “C” grade in a class is a the end of the world, and we don’t allow our students to advocate for themselves. We have also devalued a military career, a plumbing or welding job, and we are a little embarrassed if our children wish to attend vocational training schools instead of a major university.
We say hooray for those students who enter the armed forces, who want to work with their hands, who don’t want to be weighed down with the burden of being perfect in high school, and who earn a “C” in a tough class and are proud of themselves.
ALL of us as a community have to get to this point if we want to avoid our students feeling shamed, isolated, or worthless.
We had a waiting list this year for culinary at NHHS and construction technology at Estancia--this is a telling statistic. We consistently have students lost in our administrative/ counseling offices, and in classrooms whom we tell, “College is not for everyone, but look at what you can do.” We invite military recruiters to our campuses so they can work with students on valued and significant careers in the armed forces. Please know there is so much behind the scenes we do to diffuse this environment, but we can not do it alone anymore.
A very intuitive parent gave an analogy recently that hit home: "Our kids are not teacups; they are meant to be bumped around from time to time.”
It is during these bumpy times that we can applaud a “C”, applaud a student going to the military or junior college, properly support failure with introspection not blame, take an 89.5% as a B+ in stride, or applaud a student in one of our CTE pathways. My British father would always quip, “it is the sum of our experiences that should always outweigh the sum of our bank accounts.”
We must reach the point where, if our sons and daughters don't live a perfect young adult experience, it is not the end of the world...it is simply an opportunity to lift the sails and head in another direction.
I sound like a broken record. If this offends anyone I am sorry.
We need to start now.
Sean Boulton, Principal
Newport Harbor High School
Newport Beach, California
*Special thanks to Tom Boone for sharing this post from Julie Mercurio, Costa Mesa Buzz FB
Future-Tripping: Feeds, Fundraisers, Fun & More
Feel Good Giving: Toledo Presbyterian Church plans to host a Red Cross Blood Drive every two months, as long as folks support this community event by rolling up their sleeves.
Next date: Friday 12:30-5:30 p.m. February 2, 2018 - Groundhog Day.
Contact Kathy Hill, (360)219-7756.
Feed: Toledo High School ASB Fundraiser Breakfast 8 - 10 AM February 3 featuring omelettes & pancakes OR biscuits n’ gravy. $5 includes beverage.
Advance tix available (& encouraged).
For The Future: TES PTO Kids Garden is looking for garden sponsors, which ensures the continuation and improvement of this awesome program. If your family or business is interested, the form is below.
* Garden Sponsor Form 2017-18.docx
City of Toledo announces a vacancy on the Planning Commission:
The City of Toledo is seeking one person to fill a vacancy on the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission acts as an advisory body to the City Council on all land use, and comprehensive planning issues. The Commission is specifically responsible for providing recommendations on subdivisions, zoning, annexation requests, reviewing and approving conditional use permits, approving business license, and is an integral part of the implementation of the Growth Management Act. The vacancy must be filled by a citizen of the corporate City limits of Toledo. All candidates must be a minimum of 18 years old and a registered voter.
If you are interested in the vacancy on the Toledo Planning Commission, please submit a letter of interest to: Mayor Steve Dobosh, City of Toledo, PO Box 236, Toledo, Washington 98591 or drop off a letter at Toledo City Hall, 130 North Second Street, Toledo. If you have additional questions regarding this vacancy, contact Toledo City Hall at (360) 864-4564.
Recommendation will be made from candidates for approval by City Council. Open until filled.
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